Substance Abuse Prevention

*NEW* Tobacco Grant Question and Answer Document

*NEW* FY22 Tobacco Grant Update


The Agency of Education will, when funding is available, help distribute grant funding, professional development, and technical assistance to support comprehensive substance abuse prevention efforts in Vermont schools. Schools implement curricula, policies, peer leadership, intervention and referral services to promote student resiliency and reduce risky behaviors. 






Substance Abuse Prevention in Schools

Comprehensive, School-based Alcohol and Drug Prevention - Recommended elements for school-based substance abuse prevention from the Vermont Department of Health and Agency of Education.

Youth Risk Behavior Survey

Every two years, the Vermont Department of Health and the Agency of Education sponsor the Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Please visit Department of Health’s YRBS page to see the full reports for both middle and high school grades, along with supervisory-union specific reports and much more. Of particular relevance to substance abuse prevention are the following 2017 YRBS Data Briefs: Marijuana Use and Frequency of Electronic Vapor Use and Other Risk Behaviors Among High School Students.


Two lists of evidence-based programs to consult: Blueprints Matrix and New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services’ list

National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA)’s “Preventing Drug Abuse Among Children and Adolescents

Selecting Evidence Based Substance Prevention Curricula

Tobacco Grant

The tobacco grant is funded using tobacco settlement funding. In 2016, the AOE redesigned its grant funding approach from an equal/universal funding approach to a competitive grant process. Grantees committed to the same menu of strategies for the same amount of funding. This Tobacco Use Prevention Education grant was extended for a fifth year due to COVID and is currently in its fifth and final year.

The AOE is now accepting applications for the new round of this grant (FY22). Vermont supervisory unions and school districts (SU/SDs) who currently participate in the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (including those who are currently receiving the current tobacco use prevention grant) are eligible to apply.  The grant employs multiple strategy areas (curricular, school policy, nicotine cessation, and youth and family engagement) for a comprehensive approach grades PK-12 with the goal of reducing high school nicotine and other substance use rates SU/SD wide by 2024. The question and answer period is March 22nd - April 7th and all questions may be directed to the AOE Tobacco and Substance Use Prevention Coordinator Beth Keister at

The grant and all appendices and additional documents may be found below, but please note that the application itself must be completed and submitted within the GMS system.

Tobacco Grant Info

Tobacco Grant Appendix H Worksheet

FY22 Years Two and Three Budget Worksheet

*NEW* Tobacco Grant Question and Answer Document

Current grantees only: Access information about your grant and provide reporting information by logging in to the Grant Management System. For technical help, contact us at or (802) 828-1017

Substance Abuse Prevention: Helpful Links

July 2019 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration guidance for schools
This recent publication from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides guidance to schools on best practices to prevent and address substance use among students, along with helpful guidance regarding the use of Medicaid and other potential funding sources to support this work.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)’s Preventing Drug Abuse among Children and Adolescents and NIDA’s Substance Abuse Prevention for Early Childhood
These publications provide an excellent overview of the risk and protective factors for children, from prenatal through late adolescence, and the corresponding best practices in prevention. This includes important guidance regarding developmentally appropriate practices and the importance of having a prevention program in place starting in early childhood education, rather than only in middle/high school.

VT Department of Health Resources
The Vermont Department of Health is responsible for an array of public health campaigns, advising, community and school-based grants, data collection, and other forms of substance prevention. This website provides some links to the work they do.

VT Department of Health's Electronic Vapor Product toolkit
Vermont Department of Health recently released this Electronic Vapor Product (EVP) toolkit which schools may find very helpful.

Prevention Works! VT
Prevention Works! VT supports the statewide network of community-based prevention coalitions. On their website you can find more information about the coalitions near you as well as policy updates and other statewide prevention news and support. Community coalitions are excellent partners for schools in carrying out prevention work.

Center for Disease Control (CDC)'s substance abuse prevention resources
Here you can find resources and information on prevention work at the national level.

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Montpelier, VT 05620-2501

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